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About Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research has been a global leader in agriculture science for over 175 years. As we enter one of the most critical periods in human history, our ground-breaking research is more relevant than ever. Climate change, increasing human populations and dwindling resources have created a near perfect storm of challenges for us to tackle. Our mission is to deliver science based sustainable solutions that feed millions of extra mouths using less land and enhancing natural systems.

We enjoy an international reputation for the quality of our research across the agricultural, environmental and plant sciences. Our state-of-the-art laboratories, glass house facilities and hi-tech farms, matched with multidisciplinary professional support services, enable our scientists to carry out pioneering, high impact research. Our young researchers gain from working in a genuinely dynamic and stimulating environment which is further enriched by our collaborations with many universities and institutes in the UK and abroad. We have won various awards, including the prestigious Athena Swan award, promoting diversity in science careers, and are an organisational member of Vitae, the world’s leading programme for the professional development of researchers.

Key Facts

  • Over 600 employees, students and visiting workers
  • Located in Harpenden, Herts and North Devon
  • An international reputation for the quality of our research
  • Athena Swan Bronze Award
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